Life! Death! Prizes! (Paperback)Stephen May (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 184 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
Stephen May's rites-of-passage novel is a painfully raw examination of the effects of loss and grief, and the confusion and difficulty of trying to be a male role model when you've never had a proper one yourself -- John Harding * Daily Mail *
A raw, funny and heartfelt book, full of surprising tenderness and hope - a fine achievement * A.L. Kennedy *
I loved this book for its touching, truthful - sometimes shocking - and painfully funny portrayal of two brothers struggling to stay together after the death of their mother. It's a paean of praise for the other side of contemporary youth, the side that, with all its foibles and failures, is still driven by love and connection * Mavis Cheek *
This is a wonderful, wry novel, looking at brotherly love and grief in a tender and humorous way * Psychologies *
Stephen May's voice is original, funny and poignant as he marries sharp imagery with the brothers' beautifully realised relationship. Unmissable * Marie Claire *
Full of surprises, this acutely observed story of grief and love begins bleakly, ends up full of compassion and has great deal to say about modern families and the world we live in en route. It's a real achievement, and introduces Stephen May as a talent to be reckoned with * Melvin Burgess *
I don't know how he does it, but Stephen May manages to balance hilarity and sadness in nearly every sentence of this deftly comic, completely engaging and at times absolutely hair-raising novel. Life! Death! Prizes! deserves every one of its exclamation marks * Suzanne Berne, author of the Orange Prize-winning A Crime in the Neighborhood *
Echoes of J.D. Salinger and Dave Eggars, this is a book about boys, brotherhood, teenage heroism and confusion. It is happy, sad and good. Stephen May is a major new talent, sharply observant of the human condition * Monique Roffey, author of White Woman on the Green Bicycle, shortlisted for Orange Prize *
I loved Life! Death! Prizes! I read it over a weekend, barely putting it down, and when I'd finished and had to leave Billy and Oscar to the rest of their lives, I felt bereft. Stephen May has the sharp eye of David Nicholls and the verve of Kate Atkinson * Suzannah Dunn, author of The Confession of Katharine Howard *
A heartbreaking tale, propulsively told. By turns bleak, funny, and tender, Life! Death! Prizes! is an intoxicating gulp of a novel * Christopher Wakling, author of What I Did *
The story is beautifully put together, with a strong cast and, not least, an extremely satisfying ending * Readers Digest *
Gritty, witty, uplifting, sharp - it reminded me of Nick Hornby in its portrayal of modern family in all its glorious chaos * Kate Long *
May has created some strong characters ... a graphic picture of contemporary family life -- Shena Mackay * Guardian *
Stephen May's writing is muscular, tender and touching * Willy Russell *
So funny, so sharp, and reminiscent of Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius * Bookseller *
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